Locum Research and Development Coordinator

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Job title: Locum Research and Development Coordinator

Location: London

Fixed-term contract – Full time

Closing date: 17th September – candidates will be considered as they apply

The Open Access (OA) team enables one of the fastest growing areas at Springer Nature. It has responsibility for the overall OA business including business strategy, revenue, performance monitoring, business models, policies, and managing OA transition. Part of the wider commercial business, the OA group works in close coordination with both publishing and sales teams.

The Research and Development Coordinator, Open Access, monitors developments in the external OA landscape, ensuring these insights are rapidly digested and disseminated to appropriate colleagues to inform Springer Nature’s open research strategy. The Research and Development Coordinator also carries out research into the OA market, funders and competitors to support strategic projects, providing written reports, data analysis, and slides.

The responsibilities include:

  • Monitor and evaluate relevance of open access news including from competitors, funders, institutions, etc. Disseminate new developments to the OA team and wider company using the appropriate channels, including email, internal blog posts, slide decks, and a monthly OA newsletter Co-present a monthly internal OA news webinar with the Research and Development Manager Attend relevant webinars or conferences and report back to the business, as required Conduct research and analysis to support strategic open access projects, including data collection and analysis using Microsoft Excel, and qualitative analysis of the OA funding, policy, and competitor landscape. Produce and present reports that clearly communicate research findings and analysis Develop and maintain resources to educate colleagues or external parties about the OA landscape and key issues Assist colleagues with interpreting the policies of research institutions and funders 

To be considered for the position, you will have: 

  • Strong research and data analysis skills, including experience of using Excel and writing reports Excellent communication skills, including a high standard of written English, and the ability to summarise complex detail for audience at all levels within the company Strong presentation skills, particularly in presentation of research and analysis Organised and flexible; able to manage multiple concurrent projects and competing priorities Demonstrates initiative and ability to work on standalone basis within a team environment Knowledge and understanding of the OA landscape, funding and policy developments would be a bonus Familiarity with publishing and OA workflows is a plus Experience in an academic research and/or office environment is desirable

This role is located in our London office on a hybrid model. The position is offered on a full-time, on a fixed-term contract basis.

To apply: please include a CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in the post. Closing date is on 17th September 2023 but candidates will be considered as they apply.

At Springer Nature, we are committed to creating a great working environment which includes the benefits you receive, opportunities for you to develop your skills and ways to get to know your colleagues. Some of these include:

·       Support networks that focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy

·       Wellbeing initiatives to support in maintaining a healthy work life balance

·       24-hour access to our learning and development platform Leap and LinkedIn Learning to help develop your skills

Further details regarding benefits and hybrid working in your preference of location will be discussed during the interview process.

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